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The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (CASC) implements curricular-related enrichment programs in the elementary and middle schools throughout Newton. These programs are solely funded  by the PTO in each school. Each program  aligns with Newton curricula, Massachusetts’ curricular frameworks, system-wide goals, and core values. Programs enhance art, English, language arts, history, social sciences, music, physical education, and the sciences curricula.  To learn more visit the NPS website or view these CASC posters.

If you have any questions about the programs at Cabot, please contact our CASC co-chairs, Kim Buckton, Datila Carvalho, and Suzanne Wakefield.  Each year, about 3 CASC programs occur per grade, and one city-wide program is presented to all students.  Here is a list of programs scheduled for our school this year to-date:

October 6 – Ralph Masiello – Grades 2 and 3
Funny and creative author and illustrator Ralph Masiello will inspire the children about becoming a writer. Sharing details from his book series, “How to Draw….”, Mr. Masiello will guide all the kids through an interactive drawing experience.

October 27 – All grades (City-wide concert series) – Tanglewood Marionettes
An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, The Dragon King tells the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above.  Colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, and a Dragon King that will knock your socks off! All this and more can be found in this award-winning production.

November 7 – Origamido – Grade 5
Mr. LaFosse is an internationally renowned origami master. The Louvre and the Peabody Essex Museum are among the many museums where his work has been exhibited. Mr. LaFosse begins his program by showing the students extraordinary examples of his art. Then he proceeds to relate origami to the subject area that teachers have chosen including elementary mathematics, geometry, biology, zoology, history, and cultural topics.

December 7 – Explore the Ocean World – Grade 1
Ellen Goethel is a marine biologist. In a low-key approach, she shows the students live animals from the sea. The animals differ depending on what the commercial fishermen net the night before. She has three stations, two with animals’ remains (shark jaw and teeth, whale vertebra, starfish, shells etc.) and one water table with the live specimens. After her explanations, the students are free to have a hands-on experience at each table. Ellen emphasizes that these animals are borrowed from the sea and that in the evening she will return them to their habitat.

December 15 – Physical Changes of Matter – Grade 3
Investigating the physical properties of solids, liquids and gasses has never been so much fun! Science Discovery Museum will bring dry ice and liquid nitrogen and make learning the phase changes very dramatic as together we change liquid water to gas, shatter flowers and rubber bands, use a banana as a hammer, and even shrink solid metal in just a few seconds.

January 18 – Talking Cello – Grade 1
The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee brings this inspiring program to Cabot 1st graders.  Story telling and sound effects demonstrate what a cello can do. Cellist Nancy Hair demonstrates how music and words connect by telling a story using the special sound effects of the cello. The words of the story are then eliminated and only the sound effects remain, allowing children to trace the story by listening. Next, students write their own story as a group, which Sandy performs on the cello. During this interactive program, students use finger math, writing, and drawing skills.

January 25 – Emilie Boon – Kindergarten
Emilie Boon has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young children and is best known for her beguiling depictions of animal characters. Her interactive presentation will include a short talk interspersed with numerous examples of her artwork, a reading from one of her books, and a drawing demonstration. Then, in a hands-on project, the students are given a simple accordion book to illustrate using Emilie’s signature technique, crayon and watercolor.

January 31 & February 2 – Greg Mone – Grade 4
Gregory Mone, science journalist and the author of four published novels, will visit the 4th grade students.  He will review some of the more interesting assignments he has had as a writer and stress the importance of becoming an expert in whatever subject a student chooses to write about. The presentation will continue with a discussion of his most recently published novels, Fish and Dangerous Waters. He takes students through the entire process of writing a book, from the initial idea or inspiration through the planning, the creative writing, the revisions and on to the final, finished, published work.

February 13 (rescheduled for March 13) – Museum of Science Rock Detectives – Grade 4
This program helps students identify different types of rocks and their characteristics. Presenters explain the difference between rocks and minerals and igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Then groups of students are asked to identify the characteristics of rocks by taking their rock to different stations to do “testing.” Stations: 1. Students view their rock in a microscope and are asked to observe if their rock has many or few pieces; 2. Students observe how hard their rock is by trying to scratch glass with it; 3. Students observe if the rock has layers; 4. Students observe which minerals are in their rock; 5. Students observe if acid affects their rock. Each group of students takes notes on their findings and report to the class. The class then works together to identify the rock.

February 15 – Native American Perspectives – Grade 3
Native American Perspectives will visit our 3rd graders.This program is about the land, the animals, and the native peoples of North America. Using a tipi as the classroom, certified teachers dressed in clothing of the western plains of the 1800’s present hands-on learning experiences concerning Native America and early American history. To help breakdown long perpetuated stereotypes, there are three major topics presented in each program: 1)A comparison of the terms “Indian” and “Native American.”  2) Native peoples did not all live in the same way.  3)There are currently descendants of these peoples. Native American Perspectives is neither an assembly program nor a stage show. It is an interactive experience.

March 13 & 20 – Joe and Vida Galeota’s A Day in Ghana – Grade 2
Joe Galeota is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music who lived in Ghana for many years. His wife, Vida, grew up in Ghana. This program brings the students to Vida’s village for a day. The day includes the family’s morning chores, the marketplace, the school day program and the family’s evening activities. Throughout the program, Joe and Vida present artifacts, music, games, and proverbs.

April 5 – Honeybees and the Art of Bee Keeping – Grade 1
Ms. deWeerd is committed to expanding the understanding of and respect for the importance of honeybees in our environment. She is a local beekeeper and has studied every aspect of the honeybee. Topics covered in the presentations are the family-like social interactions of honeybees, their lifecycle and work roles, pollen and nectar collection, honey production and the differentiation between honeybees and wasps. She includes how to behave in the presence of these insects. Ms. deWeerd has spectacular photographic enlargements of the different types of bees at work for the hive. She also shows the attire of a beekeeper, the parts of a beehive and a jar of bees.

April 26 – Bugworks – Kindergarten
Bugworks is a hands-on experience designed to teach students new ways to observe, understand, and appreciate insects and other invertebrates. With live animals as examples, science concepts such as anatomy, life cycles, predator-prey interactions, adaptations, and protective strategies are discussed (using age-appropriate language). The program also contrasts and compares insects with other invertebrates such as millipedes and/or arachnids.

April 26 – Chiao-Bin Huang Chinese Ribbon Dance – Grade 2
Ms. Huang presents the rich folkloric tradition of China in her presentation, The Chinese Ribbon Dance. She is from Taiwan and trained there to become a professional dancer and choreographer. The workshop starts with a brief history of the Chinese ribbon dance. Chiao Bin Huang will then demonstrate the choreographic movements and explain the differences between Western and Eastern dance. The traditional Ribbon dance costumes, which are beautiful but complicated in design, are introduced as well.  After completing the costume lesson, Chiao Bin Huang will perform the Fan and Ribbon dances. The student dance lesson and practice follow. Later in the workshop they will learn to accompany the ribbon dance movements with traditional Chinese music and improvise a short dance piece with different expressions.

May 5 – Eine Kleine Konsort – Grade 3
Eine Kleine Konsort is a recorder ensemble comprised of music teachers. Their energetic and humorous program, “The Recorder Goes to School” is a participatory presentation which is joyful and inspirational. Students are invited to play their recorders along with the ensemble during several pieces. Xylophones and assorted percussive instruments are played during the program.

May 15 – Kemp Harris – Grades 1 and 2
Storyteller Kemp Harris brings his experience as composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher to the classroom. His storytelling program includes developmentally appropriate stories that incorporate music and audience participation. He enjoys keeping the oral tradition of “telling” alive. Stories range from traditional tales, African folk tales and original stories.

A former Newton Public School teacher, Mr. Harris taught Kindergarten and 1st grades for 38 years. He wrote the children’s book/song, “Snow” and has performed as a storyteller and musician at festivals, schools and libraries across the country, performing on stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron and blues artist, Koko Taylor.

May 31 – Wingmasters: North American Birds of Prey – Kindergarten
This program incorporates five live birds (eagles, hawks, falcons, ospreys, and owls) from different raptor categories. An overview of North American birds of prey is provided, explaining the birds’ environment, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world.

June 5 and June 8 – Mohamed Kamara – Grades 4 and 5

Mohamed Kamara hails from Guinea, West Africa. He teaches African rhythm and dance in interactive workshops. Mr. Kamara explains the reasons certain rhythms and pieces are played and danced. These sessions are highly interactive.

Grade 4 will do African drumming with Mohamed Kamara. Grade 5 will do drumming and dance.

June 14 – Discovery Museum Bubbles – Kindergarten
This program shows the shape and colors of bubbles. Students experiment with bubbles and describe their properties.  They use “bendable”  bubble wands, observe giant bubbles, and experiment with a giant “bubble wall.”